IoP Lecture: Dr. Fabien Paillusson - Entropy

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IoP Lecture: Dr. Fabien Paillusson - Entropy

Postby naa48 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:13 am

Keele Physics Centre Public Lecture Series 2018-19

Good Morning All

This is just a gentle reminder that next Thursday (21st February 2019) sees the next Keele Physics Centre IoP lecture.

Date: 21st February 2019
Time: Lecture starts at 19:30, FREE tea & coffee available in LJ foyer from 18:30
Location: LJ1.75, Lennard Jones Laboratories, Keele University, ST5 5BG
Speaker: Dr. Fabien Paillusson
Title: Does Mr Entropy Need Phoenix Wright?

Abstract: Entropy is one of the most fascinating concepts introduced in physics in the last two centuries. Keeping track of its value enables one to discriminate past events from future ones or, in other words, to keep an eye on the so-called "arrow of time". This unique feature comes at the cost of the notorious difficulty to grasp what entropy is all about or what it actually measures.

In the meantime, entropy has been given the sulfurous interpretation of 'disorder' and seems to be accountable for any observable disorder around us. In this lecture, we will try to put on the suit of the devil's advocate and investigate whether entropy can really be identified to our common idea of disorder. To this end, we will progressively lift the veil of mystery surrounding entropy as we explore various proposals that have been made about its fundamental nature and decide whether the idea that entropy measures disorder is tenable upon close inspection.

Cost: FREE!

These talks are open to the public and are sponsored by the West Midlands Branch of the IoP. Everyone welcome!

Kind Regards

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